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COVID-19: PALIMA chief Faheem Ur Rehman seeks permission to do business under special SOPs

Jahangir Hayat

LAHORE: The government has not announced any packages for the small
scale industry and the packages announced are for the large scale.
Leather industry is also hit hard by Corona and it should also be
considered or employees would lose jobs as the business has come down
to zero.

This was stated by PALIMA (Pakistan Artificial Leather Importers &
Merchants Association) chairman Faheem Ur Rehman Saighol while
talking to Daily The Business here the other day.
He said that the amid the second phase of lockdown extension people
should be allowed doing businesses under special SOPs so fight against
coronavirus could be fought on the economic fronts as well or the
nation would have to face irreparable losses on the economic fronts
that would have dire consequences in that case.

Faheem highlighted the sad effects of Section-144, explaining that in
case some containers are cleared they become an uphill task to unload
as police never let labour unload the containers.
‘There must be some procedures to resolve that issue also ‘ he added.
“We should be evolving strategies to fight both with COVID-19 and on
economic front which is utmost important as business community also
wanted to fight as frontline force like doctors, army and others,” he
spoke.
While talking about the leather industry, he said that the government
has not announced any Packages for the small scale industry and the
packages announced are for the large scale industry.
“Our leather industry is also hit hard by Corona and it should also be
considered or employees would lose jobs as the business has come down
to zero,” Saighol warned.
While talking about the detention and demurrage charges he said it is
very unfortunate that repeated requests have been made to the
government to waive off detention demurrage charges in the wake of the
time when the unprecedented natural calamity, COVID-19 has brought to
a grinding halt life of all and sundry but there is no positive
response from the government and the shipping lines.
He said that it seemed just a lip service is being done by the
government that if any measures are taken they are being implemented
half-heartedly to increase free days for demurrages and detention.
The Federal Board of Revenue requested the shipping lines to waive off
the detention charges but they rejected FBR’s request, he said
questioning how come the shipping lines have rejected the FBR request
when FBR is an authority that issues licenses to these shipping
companies.
Faheem said that demurrages are the sole prerogative of the government
but that too has not been used by the government and the importers are
facing hardships.
The government needs to understand the severity of the situation.
‘If the traders and business are not supported in this hour of need
economic slow-down will be more harsh than the coronavirus, ‘ he
warned, saying good sense must prevail in the corridors of the
government.
He pointed to fact the Ministry of Commerce should be issuing SROs in
this regard so the smooth clearance of commercial and Industrial
importers goods and articles can take place.

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